A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Khao Lak vs. Gili Trawangan for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Khao Lak or Gili Trawangan?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Khao Lak and Gili Trawangan can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Khao Lak

Resiliency and relaxation. Those are the two words used to describe one of Thailand's most breathtaking cities. Khao Lak is located in southern Thailand, and when the tsunami of 2004 hit, this area saw the most damage. With more than 4,000 fatalities, 3,000 still unaccounted for and enormous structural damages, many thought Khao Lak would not be able to bounce back. They have proved everyone wrong with a strong and impressive recovery. Now it has returned to its status of vacation hotspot. Unlike neighboring Phuket, though, the resorts in Khao Lak are designed for families and some peace and quiet.

Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan, known as Gili T, is the most visited of the three Gili Islands, located on the northeast side of Lombok. These islands are known for world-class diving and snorkeling spots. It's not hard to see why, considering that any direction you step off the shoreline, there's a beautiful underwater world to explore.

Which city is cheaper, Gili Trawangan or Khao Lak?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Khao Lak is $104, while the average daily cost in Gili Trawangan is $32. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Khao Lak and Gili Trawangan in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Khao Lak is $98. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $42 in Gili Trawangan For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Khao Lak $49
    Gili Trawangan $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Khao Lak $98
    Gili Trawangan $42

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Khao Lak cost around $28 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $11.

The average traveler spends about $6.42 per day in Gili Trawangan for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Khao Lak $28
    Gili Trawangan $6.42

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Khao Lak

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Khao Lak.

  • Riverside Thai Cooking Class in Khao Lak with Market Tour: $63
  • Thai Cooking Class in Khao Lak: $71

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Khao Lak is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $47 per person, per day, on local transportation in Khao Lak.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Gili Trawangan than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $2.45 on transportation in Gili Trawangan on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Khao Lak $47
    Gili Trawangan $2.45

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Khao Lak

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Khao Lak:

  • Shared Minivan Transfers between Krabi & Khao Sok: $16
  • Shared Minivan Transfers between Krabi & Khao Lak: $17
  • SUV Car Private Transfer from Khao Lak to Phuket Airport: $59
  • SUV Car Private Transfer from Khao Lak to Patong, Kata, Karon Beach: $100
  • Round Trip Private Transfer from Phuket Airport to Khao Lak: $60
  • Krabi Airport: Private Transfer to/from Khaolak: $64
  • Khao Lak any hotel to Krabi airport Private transfer: $113
  • Khao Lak any hotel to Koh Lanta any hotel Private transfer: $212

Is it cheaper to fly into Khao Lak or Gili Trawangan?

Prices for flights to both Gili Trawangan and Khao Lak change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Khao Lak typically cost an average of $17 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Sightseeing expenses in Gili Trawangan, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $3.54 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Khao Lak $17
    Gili Trawangan $3.54

Tours and Activities in Khao Lak

Here are a few actual costs in Khao Lak for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Adventure Off Road Safari to Khao Lak National Park: $103
  • Cheow Lan Lake & Coral Cave Tour with Kayaking: $87
  • From Similan Islands Speed Boat Tour: $102
  • From Krabi: Cheow Larn Lake Raft House Adventure: $271
  • From Phuket: Full-Day All Adventure w/ White Water Rafting: $115
  • From Phuket: Similan Islands Tour by Speed Boat: $110
  • Jungle Trekking to Waterfall and Adventure Tubing 45 min. (Only Khao lak): $80
  • Khao Lak to Similan Islands Snorkeling Tour: $109
  • Local Life Experience (Takuapa): $84
  • Phi Phi Islands - Early Bird Snorkeling Tour from Khao Lak in English, French, German, Italian: $126
  • Rafting, ATV and Ziplining Adventure in Phangnga: $147
  • Similan Islands One Day Tour From Khao Lak: $118

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Khao Lak may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $12 per day on alcoholic beverages.

Typically, people visiting Gili Trawangan spend on average $3.27 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Khao Lak $12
    Gili Trawangan $3.27


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Khao Lak and Gili Trawangan, we can see that Khao Lak is more expensive. And not only is Gili Trawangan much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Gili Trawangan would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Gili Trawangan and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Khao Lak would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Khao Lak than you might in Gili Trawangan.

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